Location Lighting

Pack your speedlites and portable flash: this section is all about bringing artificial lighting on location to achieve results that wouldn’t be possible with available light alone. You’ll learn how to make daylight turn into night-time, freeze BMX-riders mid-air and light up snow and smoke for beautifully atmospheric portraits.

Lights, Fans and a Seriously Fit Spin Class Instructor

Lights, Fans and a Seriously Fit Spin Class Instructor

The creative part of a portrait photographer's job is to look beyond the obvious shot and create something that makes ...
Lighting Up An Ancient Lecture Theatre For A Science-Themed Portrait

Lighting Up An Ancient Lecture Theatre For A Science-Themed Portrait

This shot was about fire, camera and action, as part of a commercial commission to create a visually striking portrait ...
Lighting The Snow For A Night-Time Kiss In Winter

Lighting The Snow For A Night-Time Kiss In Winter

This is one of my most popular portraits: the drama of the red dress and wintry weather mixed with the ...
Creating Hero Portraits

Creating Hero Portraits

Using a low camera angle to make your subject the ‘hero’ in your portraits, and underexposing a bright sky for ...
Horror-Inspired Fashion Portrait

Horror-Inspired Fashion Portrait

Stylised portraits can be the most fun to create, especially if you enjoy overcoming technical challenges. For this shot, I ...
Opaque Smoke & Background Bokeh

Opaque Smoke & Background Bokeh

How to backlight smoke so it becomes opaque, and using a slow shutter speed to capture background lights as out-of-focus ...
Environmental Chef Portrait

Environmental Chef Portrait

Sometimes you’ve got loads of light sources, stuff everywhere and very little time: this is the world of environmental portraits, ...
Rembrandt Portrait Lighting

Rembrandt Portrait Lighting

There are locations for portraits everywhere - even in an alleyway. This is how I created a dramatic shot in ...
Including Flash Heads In The Portrait

Including Flash Heads In The Portrait

99.9 per cent of the time, I don't want my portable flash units to be in the final image. In ...
Lighting An Outdoor Action Shot

Lighting An Outdoor Action Shot

This comic book-inspired action portrait was taken for my local junior football team. Here’s how I used two portable flashes ...